Flying across the country to attend IDEA World Fitness convention was a big decision for us/our business, my wife Beth and I run our own personal training and health coaching company, but with big risk come big rewards. That big reward (Coach Kevin Kearns) came wrapped in a high energy, authentic leader with quick smile and engaging Boston “way”… I say “way” instead of just accent, because being from Boston means more than making your “R’s” sound like “ah’s” and exchanging the term “wicked” where others might use “great.” For example, we met as Kevin politely held the door rather than let it slap back on us as Beth and I exited the hotel in the EARLY am on our way to Starbucks. It was clear we were all headed the same way and a conversation ensued and continued, as the line was long, as you would imagine it would be at the world’s largest fitness and wellness convention. Kevin was “pumped” exploding with a contagious energy, Beth actually asked him if it was safe for him to drink caffeine LOL … but energy without depth is just a flash, Kevin was engaging us with a real depth of understanding of the struggles faced by many clients (our business focuses on specialized population) – not what you would expect from one of UFC Magazine’s Top 10 MMA Coaches.
Here is what I mean by the Boston “way”, as we were clearly all hitting it off, Kevin a featured and experienced presenter and us small company of two, he says to me, “let me see your phone for a second” and then he enters his name and number in it and says “this is my personal cell and I don’t give it out to everybody – I feel a connection and I am here to help you… and where I come from in Boston, that means we are like family – you need me, you just ask.” The Boston way… more than an accent.
We were already signed up for his MMA Warrior Workout and having experienced Kevin’s energy at Starbucks we knew the workshop workout would be amazing and it was. Lot’s of workshops are energized and fun, but Kevin’s gave us some outstanding moves and uses for the BOSU, one of our favorite training tools. He was able to program (and modify) fight training w/ no contact, which results in empowerment and fitness. At Beth’s Boot Camp (women only) they still simultaneously groan and cheer when she breaks out “BOSU Monkey Slams.” As I mentioned we used BOSU, as one of our main tools – we had two. Kevin blew our minds with what we learned from him and upon returning to Florida we immediately purchased 18 more – we are the only Boot Camp around where every person has their own BOSU!
Let’s get to the real difference maker here… you say, sure lots of people talk a big game and give out their phone numbers, but then what? Yea, I agree… I hear what people SAY, but I listen to what people DO… and Kevin has spent the last year sharing knowledge with us, responding to questions – reaching out to us proactively, following up when he says he will do something and being a friend and mentor. Sometimes giving someone a little guidance and encouragement can make a huge difference.
Since meeting Kevin our business, FullestLiving.com, which consists of Beth’s Boot Camp & our physician endorsed program “30 Seconds to Victory” (helping people who must lose 100 pounds or more) has been featured not only locally on TV and in The Florida Times Union, but also in SHAPE, IDEA Fitness Journal, CNN, everyday Health and more.